Least Favourite Books of 2019

I read the most books this year than I have ever in my life and with that comes a few books that I was a bit ehh about. I didn’t hate any of these books by any means I think that most of them just wasn’t for me!

So with that being said my lowest rated/least favourite books of 2019 are:

26032887The Wicked King by Holly Black – Jude is I think one of my least favourite female protagonists ever. She thinks she is untouchable and doesn’t need anyone’s help. There are certain instances like when she’s warned to have a guard with her at all times and then she will rides off by herself and gets ambushed. It’s just really pretentious and annoying and I just can’t warm to her at all. ⭐️2/5 stars

9781408890080Circe by Madeline Miller – This I just found incredibly dry and boring. I was enjoying myself for about the first quarter of the book but then all of the excitement and action king of leaked out of the plot and I was left with Circe on an island by herself for most of the story. I found I didn’t really form a connection to any of the characters and by the end of it I really didn’t care. There wasn’t really any sort of build up of anticipation and the ending was a little too open ended for me. ⭐️2/5 stars

81E7BnpXpZLGeekerella by Ashley Poston – For the majority of the book Elle just got on my nerves. Letting Catherine and Chloe walk all over her and just bowing down to them and not doing anything about it. Just accepting all of the horrible things they do to her and not trying to fight back at all. Other than that the book wasn’t bad at all, it was a little tropey at times but overall pretty fast paced and entertaining. ⭐️3/5 stars

9781784708238The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – If I had not seen TV show first I think I would have been very confused by this book. There isn’t quite a set structure to it. We read solely from Offred’s point of view however, it jumps quite a lot from past to present and their isn’t a whole lot of information given about what is happening. I was left feeling quite unfulfilled with this book. The ending was quite abrupt and didn’t really wrap anything up or answered any questions. ⭐️3/5 stars

51BhQZOH9zLThe Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – a good majority of the book bored me. All of the spacial/sciency talk didn’t do anything for me personally and kind stilted the pace of the book. It was only 400 pages but it felt like closer to 600 to me. I picked this book up and put it down several times during the month and really the only reason I managed to finish it was because it fit a challenge in the Reading Rush. There wasn’t really anything in the book that was driving me to pick it up and finish. ⭐️3/5 stars

y648The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – Some of the decisions that Rin made kind of grated me. She was definitely right when she said that the Gods have no sway over her, she made all of the decisions that led her to that ultimate conclusion and most of those decisions didn’t sit well with me. When she chose to side with Altan over Master Jiang that’s really when I knew I wasn’t feeling her anymore. She wouldn’t heed the advice of those who have had years and even decades more experience than her. ⭐️3/5 stars

81YstLg924LThe Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – It was just kind of ok…. We definitely delved a lot deeper into the story and the reasoning’s behind the study of the defect, but I wasn’t really left with any overwhelming feelings after the ending. I started to question Mara and her decisions a lot in this book. Yes I know she was tortured and has had a lot of emotional and physical trauma happen to her in a short period of time, but I didn’t really like who she became after she escaped. ⭐️3/5 stars

Extraordinary Book Titles

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books with extraordinary book titles. I have chosen 10 books from this year with interesting book titles that played a factor in making me want to pick them up! These could be books I’ve never heard of before, super hyped books or random books that immediately intrigued me because of its name.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

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Birthday by Meredith Russo

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

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July Wrap Up

This month I was in the mood for a little steamy romance/smutty goodness, so I delved a little into that world and enjoyed what I encountered. I think because I was sick for the first few weeks of the month and I got into that weird little reading funk I didn’t want to have to focus too much on what I was reading and just picked something up that was easy and entertaining! Then in the last week of July the Reading Rush readathon was on and I managed to finish 7 books in that week. So overall July started off a little slumpy then as the month progressed I got my groove back and managed to have my best reading month so far this year… 21 books!

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren – ⭐️5/5 stars

Romancing a Duke by Tessa Dare⭐️4/5 stars

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare⭐️4/5 stars

How to Catch a Wild Viscount by Tessa Dare⭐️3/5 stars

Hate Notes by Vi Keeland⭐️4/5 stars

From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata⭐️5/5 stars

A Nordic King by Karina Halle⭐️4/5 stars

Forbidden Miles by Claire Kingsley⭐️4/5 Stars

Broken Miles by Claire Kingsley⭐️4/5 stars

Reckless Miles by Claire Kingsley – ⭐️4/5 stars

Hidden Miles by Claire Kingsley – ⭐️4/5 stars

Birthday by Meredith Russo – ⭐️5/5 stars

Pestilence by Laura Thalassa – ⭐️4/5 stars

War by Laura Thalassa – ⭐️4/5 stars

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – ⭐️5/5 stars

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – ⭐️3/5 stars

Geekerella by Ashley Poston – ⭐️3/5 stars

The Help by Kathryn Stockett – ⭐️5/5 stars

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb⭐️4/5 stars

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows & Brodi Ashton – ⭐️4/5 stars

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – ⭐️4/5 stars

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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet Review

51BhQZOH9zLGood not great!

This book follows a ragtag mixed species crew aboard a tunneling ship called the Wayfarer. They are given a contract to travel to a faraway planet that’s been recently added to the international treaty list and punch a wormhole back to more well-traveled airspace.

The characters were definitely interesting and intriguing. I loved all of the different species that are explored throughout the book, especially when it goes into details about their history and culture, seeing how different they are to humans.

Rosemary’s character was a little boring at the start. She kind of blended in behind all of the other dynamic characters aboard the Wayfarer. I wasn’t all that invested in her and I wasn’t really compelled to figure out what she was running from back on Mars. And when it was eventually brought to light, it wasn’t all that shocking to be honest.

I loved the relationship between Kizzy and Jenks! The banter between them and all of the kind of manic energy they brought to the storyline. Jenks’s subplot was highly interesting to me; him being in love with Lovey and then contemplating getting her a body and then when everything happens seeing him grieve and lean on his fellow crew mates and how they supported him throughout. It was very touching and really displayed the levels of companionship, love and respect they all have towards each other!

Unfortunately a good majority of the book bored me. All of the spacial/sciency talk didn’t do anything for me personally and kind stilted the pace of the book. It was only 400 pages but it felt like closer to 600 to me. I picked this book up and put it down several times during the month and really the only reason I managed to finish it was because it fit a challenge in the Reading Rush. There wasn’t really anything in the book that was driving me to pick it up and finish.

This was definitely more of a character driven story whereas I prefer a more blend of action and adventure with character development throughout.

⭐️3/5 stars I spaced out for most of the book…

A Little Slumpy??? 🤷🏾‍♀️

IMG_4163I think I am on the cusp of a reading slump!! It’s already the 10th July and so far I have only completed 3 books, one of which was a novella … usually at this time of the month I’ve already read around 6-8 books and am itching to continue on and read something else but I’m just not in the mood at the moment. Coming off that fantastic reading month I had in June I had high hopes to ride that wave into July but no such luck. I started reading the long way to a small angry planet on Monday and as of today I am still only 100 pages in. I am actually really enjoying the storyline so far but I don’t have that drive to pick the book up and actually finish. I don’t know if I should just start something else that’s maybe a little more fast paced or try to push through? I’ve had this kind of situation happen before and I ended up not reading anything for close to a month and I definitely don’t want that to happen again! There’s just too many books on my TBR that I’ve been looking forward to reading, I don’t have time for a reading slump.. I think I might try some of my other options that I have on hand and try to kick start my reading drive again!

Happy Reading 📚